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 on: September 21, 2020, 08:58:31 PM 
Started by dan_b - Last post by brackwell
Today i saw a parked large SUV with its engine left running whilst the owner popped into the shop, about 5 mins, no doubt to keep the air con going.  But then when it drove off both front windows were fully down.  No hope.

 on: September 21, 2020, 07:39:26 PM 
Started by MR GUS - Last post by Tinbum
My son has just been sent home from school as one of his classmates has a confirmed case. He got it from his sister who was sent home from another school to isolate.

I really don't want to be getting it again even if the symptoms were as mild as last time. One trip to Resus is enough.

I was fit and healthy, active, not over weight and not in any risk group.

 on: September 21, 2020, 07:19:08 PM 
Started by EcoStatic - Last post by nowty
Yes the Outback FM80 and the Morningstar Tristar MPPT60, both can run at 48v and you could double the power they handle. Just add a few more cheap PV panels to the strings and a few Pylontech lithium batteries.

 on: September 21, 2020, 05:46:54 PM 
Started by charlieb - Last post by charlieb
Hi all.  I've been with Good Energy for years now. Always appreciated that there was a human being to speak to, even if their electricity was (I assume) a bit more expensive than others. Various irritations emerging, now, including the following.  I'm wondering if anyone else is getting weasel peed off with Good Energy and whether any other green supplier is better and will allow me to pay quarterly on receipt of a bill. (By better I mean easier to deal with, and not too too expensive).
  • Much harder to get through to anyone on the phone now
  • randomly switched to monthly billing and constantly send emails requesting meter readings (clearly they want people to move to monthly DDs, as that suits them.  I would much rather pay a bill quarterly, when it arrives.

 on: September 21, 2020, 05:00:56 PM 
Started by Barrie - Last post by Barrie
Speedy red taxis on the road in London.

 on: September 21, 2020, 04:32:29 PM 
Started by pantsmachine - Last post by pantsmachine
That's the job complete. The Chofu could not stay in the structure so has been moved outside and feed/return hoses extended. These Woodburners will take 6 deg water in the morning and 1500 ltr of water at that to 40 degrees by evening and all with no moving parts.

All new timbers treated to sympathetic colour match the 12 year old structure

SWMBO got stuck in and broke up the lines nicely with things. Been seeing 21 to 23kWh the last few days. 11kWh of that from the remote system alone.

All hail the solar gods, they have been kind to me during all this.  genuflect

I'd advise anyone looking for a bit more solar oomph to strongly consider this option.

 on: September 21, 2020, 03:15:03 PM 
Started by EcoStatic - Last post by knighty
Thanks , very helpful.
Shame that they aren't well thought of. I like things that are too good to be true...
We have space and a whole hill to take the weight, but if lithium were a better choice i wonder whether id need a smaller bank.
24V Lithium seem to be rarer than 48v, and im not ready to change inverters right now.
Any more input would be welcome.
Cheers, Jon.

you can just put two 24v strings in series?

 on: September 21, 2020, 02:39:47 PM 
Started by Westie - Last post by Westie

 on: September 21, 2020, 11:37:49 AM 
Started by M - Last post by M
Trevor Milton has just stepped down from Nikola, and their shares may open down 30%+, following the claims of fraud made against Nikola.

Head of Nikola, a G.M. Electric Truck Partner, Quits Amid Fraud Claims

Note - Whilst I really don't like Nikola personally, it's probably best to be careful with any and all wording as they are rather litigious, and until proven wrong, are trying to aid the transition to cleaner greener transport.

 on: September 21, 2020, 11:14:37 AM 
Started by dan_b - Last post by M
Have some wealthy non eco friends, I keep telling them about Tesla, they still buy gas guzzling monsters, all have kids, they live for now and blinker themselves from any aspect of the future that might impinge on their right to do what they want. One of them is an very well established engineer who hasn't even heard of Spacex.!!!!!!!!!

This is the area of the market that confuses me. I appreciate it will sound like I've drunk the Koolaid, but Tesla (and others) compete with, and I believe, beat the ICEV's in the £50k-£100k market even before considering fuel and servicing costs. As you suggest, it might be that a lot of these folk are blind to the changing environment, which is a shame but I suppose will come around over time, especially if the Gov does now bring forward the deadline for petrol/diesel sales to 2030, as hinted at in the news today.

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